Happy Christmas And 2014!

Time indeed flies, and it has now been half a year since I last wrote in this blog. Thank you, dear TJ-forum.org reader, for your patience. I shall be back blogging in no time at all, since I will be having some quiet time soon as I retreat to my vacation home in Dallas. Expect some new blog posts coming soon 🙂

Dating and Women and…Marriage?! Well, Maybe

Hello, TJ here again.

I’ve been catching up with some friends lately, and I was surprised to find out how one of my best guy pals is getting married to his 3-year girlfriend this June. I’m excited, though it stirred a lot of thoughts– I’m amazed at his decision to commit 100% full-time. Because he thinks it’s already love.

I know dating can be a hard path to take– it’s not always fun and games. It’s hard to even know what they’re thinking sometimes let alone try to date them! I recently read this article on Yahoo! that explained dating myths that make a lot of men and women get scared at the thought of dating someone because they fear rejection and being ignored. And it go me to thinking, I know I may be good at giving dating advice, but what if I take it on a different level and share marriage survival tips soon?! 😀 LOL. Contact me on http://tj-forum.org/contact-tj/ and let me know what you think… And feel free to hit me up for dating advice, or yoga tips while you’re there!

Right, I’m off for a much needed drink! Catch up with you all soon.


Back at Blogging – And Investing In Real Estate!

OK, I’m back at blogging after some time off – was down with a mild fever which went on for days (talked about it briefly here).

Now I have been contemplating of selling off my apartment here in Tucson, and boy was I surprised to find that the value of the property has tripled (thanks to the handy “Zestimate” tool at Zillow.com. You can also find something similar at http://PropertyForSale.com.my to do a quick comparison).

I got in touch with Andrew Watson of Tucson Empire Realty, LLC, and he kindly sent me an article which he published in the Tucson Real Estate Monitor newsletter – and he has given me permission to reprint this article here. Enjoy!

How To Increase The Value Of Your Property

Sprucing up your property will fetch you a better price - so get crackin' !

Sprucing up your property will fetch you a better price – so get crackin’ !

Do you plan on selling your property sometime soon? No matter how sluggish the real estate market might become, you can actually learn how to increase the value of your property with ease. You just have to remember that home improvements aren’t the only way to go. In fact, some home improvements might not even be worth your while. Here are several things that you definitely need to take into consideration before selling your house, though:

  • Add more insulation.

If you don’t have enough insulation at home, your air-conditioning and heating units could end up working overtime. As such, it would definitely be a good idea to learn how to increase the value of your property by investing in more insulation. More insulation will increase your property’s value because you will save money on utility bills and pass those savings onto the new homeowners.

  • Prettify the lawns.

Another thing you can do to increase the value of your property is to do some simple landscaping to make your front yard and your backyard look better. Believe it or not, adding flower beds and trimming trees can do wonders at making yards look more attractive. You just have to make sure that you keep the balance in the process, so that your yards maintain the right balance with the actual house.


  • Look into upgrades.

If you are the only house in the neighborhood that doesn’t have carpeting or siding, then your property’s value could drop significantly because of it. So, if you want to make sure you get good money for your property, you might want to look into several upgrades before putting it on the market. If you have got an “upgraded” property for sale then you’ll stand a good chance of fetching a good price for your piece of real estate.

  • Remodel some of the rooms.

This is one of the best steps that you can learn on how to increase the value of your property. Not only will your family benefit from this, but the future homeowners will, too. Replace the wallpaper and the flooring, for example, or change the appliances and the fixtures. Changes like this can go a very long way in the long run. If you need some advice on how to remodel the house, get a female opinion!

  • Buy new visible components.

Since first impressions last, you should consider buying new siding, windows and doors as needed. Although these home improvements can be expensive sometimes and might even require you to get a second mortgage or a loan, it would be of the utmost essence to look into them if you have plans of keeping the house for a few more years. New visible components will actually make your house look better and help it conserve more energy, thus paying for themselves and increasing your property’s value at the same time.

  • Buy new appliances.

Like visible components, appliances can be expensive, too. So, prior to purchasing a new furnace or heater, consider how long you will still be staying in the house. If you plan on moving soon, then you might want to avoid shopping for new appliances for now and just reduce your property’s selling price instead.

Make sure you consider all of the aforementioned tips on how to increase the value of your property before selling it. This way, you can ensure that you get the best price for your home in the end.

If you need a real estate broker then get in touch with Andrew at andrewwatson7@gmail.com – tell him that TJ sent you. 🙂

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